Creative Design: Professional

Gloger’s Rule: Seen and Unseen

  • Amanda J. Thompson (The University of Alabama)


Gloger’s Rule describes how pigmentation and thus coloration variation is influenced by environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, and light exposure. The application has been extended from animals to plants and serves as a bellwether to human activity and increasing environmental change especially in UV pigmentations of angiosperms   Both UV absorption and reflection are needed for the viability and propagation of the plants. The challenge was to create a design in colors seen by the naked eye as well as colors in the UV spectrum. A suitable color palette was chosen from aerial photos of wildflower fields and the colors that they imbued. For this 2D project warps were painted in Sabracron F Reactive dyes and UV reflecting dyes. The overall contribution of this woven piece is to create conversation about what is unseen in the natural world and the impacts of human activity and also further dye experimentation.

Keywords: Key words: Gloger’s Rule, UV, Unseen, Painted Warp, Gloger’s Rule

How to Cite:

Thompson, A. J., (2024) “Gloger’s Rule: Seen and Unseen”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
22 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed